NO ground to declare a nationwide martial law.
So said Malacanang yesterday as it backed the statement of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) that the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) is trying to force President Rodrigo Duterte to declare a nationwide martial law so that the rebels can gather enough public support to oust the Chief Executive.
The CPP denied such claim made on Tuesday by military chief General Carlito Galvez Jr., saying it “defies logic” because the communist rebels had opposed the imposition of martial law in Mindanao as means to crush ISIS-inspired terror groups.
The communists also slammed Galvez for claiming that they are mobilizing students to pull off the “Red October”ouster plot in the guise of a mass protest involving the youth, labor and indigenous peoples’ sectors.
But in a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said: “We stand by the statement of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) that the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) is pushing the President to place the country under martial law.”
“By sowing chaos through its Red October ouster plot, the CPP hopes that a nationwide martial law declaration would spark people’s outrage. We will therefore not fall into this trap hatched by the enemies of the State,” Roque added.
The Palace official added Duterte “sees no ground to declare martial law nationwide as the whole situation is under control.”
Galvez told a Senate hearing on Tuesday that the ouster plot was spearheaded by the CPP which aims to coalesce with the political opposition.
The military chief also denied that the Magdalo group of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and the former ruling Liberal Party (LP) forged a coalition with the communist rebels to pull off the Red October plot.
Malacañang, however, insisted that some LP members are conniving with the CPP to remove Duterte from power ahead of the end of his term in June 2022.